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Matt Flinner Trio tour coming to Iowa Sept. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Romkey   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:23

Matt Flinner — “one of the best mandolin players ever,” according to Downbeat magazine — is coming to Iowa for a show, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, when the Bucktown Revue Presents an Evening With The Matt Flinner Trio.

The Trio will play an hour-long set headlining a special music-only edition of The Bucktown Revue.
Marc and Brandi Janssen from Iowa City will perform in the first half of the show, along with solo banjoist Jon Eric, Q-C bluegrass favorites Milltown, and the Barley House Band.
Each Matt Flinner Trio concert features three “music du jour” tunes. Trio members draw inspiration from the community they’re visiting and write a new instrumental for debut that evening.
The Bucktown Revue is a monthly variety show recorded live for Internet broadcast, featuring music, poetry and humor held at Davenport Junior Theater, 2822 Eastern Ave., Davenport. 

Tickets are $20 and may $12 and may reserved online at the Bucktown Revue’s website, and paid for at the door.
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Electric Violin Blues Performer is Featured at The Muddy Waters – Thursday, August 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristy Bennett   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:44

Lionel Young is a high energy performer, classically trained violinist, with a bent for the blues attitude. Fans of the driven Young, love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals but interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

His band, the Lionel Young Band (LYB), are winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region and have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Add in Lionel's victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, and that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.

You have an opportunity to see Lionel and the LYB, at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Thursday, August 21. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. with a $5 per person cover charge.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Announces 2014 Winter Tour "The Christmas Attic" Live Across North America PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Stein   
Friday, 15 August 2014 15:42
Los Angeles, CA – August 15, 2014 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will wrap up 2014 by performing their rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time in arenas across the nation on their Winter Tour 2014, beginning on November 13th. While 1998’s The Christmas Attic features one of the band’s most popular songs "Christmas Canon," surprisingly, it is the only album of The Christmas Trilogy never to be performed live. The 2014 Winter Tour will find TSO playing more than 120 shows in 71 cities across North America. The tour goes on sale on September 12th (see for details) and will be presented by Hallmark Channel.
TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill explains, “After kicking off the New Year in front of two million fans at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, followed by our second European tour, the band felt that a perfect way to end the year would be to perform the only rock opera from the trilogy that has never been seen live. Some of the songs off The Christmas Attic have never been played live. As I have always said ‘it is fun to write the songs, it is fun to record them, but they are never really completed until we perform them in front of a live arena audience.’ Of course the second half of the show will feature, TSO iconic classics and fan favorites, such as ‘Wizards In Winter,’ ‘Requiem’ and ‘Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24’.”
Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s rock opera, The Christmas Attic will be re-released, to coincide with the tour, complete with bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. Called an “…inspiring story...” by USA Today and “Majestic, sweeping…” by Billboard magazine. The album’s (and stage production’s) narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic.  She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure.
TSO, which celebrated its 15th year of live shows last year, has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for yearly gross revenues and attendance, according to touring industry trade Pollstar. The group has played more than 1,600 shows for more than 11 million fans, and in the process, cemented itself as one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. This ongoing success is due to TSO founder Paul O’Neill’s vision. O’Neill has melded the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique amalgamation he calls “rock theater” that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. Additionally, TSO’s live performances receive raves from critics, such as: “As the enthralled audience members filed out of the arena, more than one person was overheard saying something to the effect of ‘It gets better every year’," “This current tour demonstrates once again the incredible showmanship of Trans-Siberian Orchestra," and "The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is evidence that the genres of rock opera, progressive rock and symphonic rock have not died, and that they actually are thriving… What's cool about it is that the people of all ages and all walks of life can enjoy it."
As in all previous years, a portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit select local charities.  The consistent growth of TSO’s touring popularity has increased the group’s contributions and, to date, TSO has donated more than $11 million to local charities.
While off the road, TSO is constantly stockpiling new projects in their arsenal, including the rock operas Gutter Ballet and the New York City Blues Express, Letters from the Labyrinth, and Romanov: When Kings Must Whisper, an epic story set amidst the Bolshevik Revolution.
TSO will unveil exciting information on new music in the next few months. Stay tuned to for more details.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter 2013 Tour Dates
11/13/2014 Toledo OH Huntington Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/13/2014 Omaha NE Mid-America Center 7:30 PM
11/14/2014 Erie PA Erie Insurance Arena 7:30 PM
11/15/2014 Hershey PA Giant Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/15/2014 Denver CO Pepsi Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/16/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/16/2014 Colorado Springs CO World Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/19/2014 Richmond VA Richmond Coliseum 7:30 PM
11/19/2014 Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/20/2014 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 7:30 PM
11/20/2014 Boise ID Taco Bell Arena 7:30 PM
11/21/2014 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/21/2014 Spokane WA Spokane Arena 8:00 PM
11/22/2014 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/22/2014 Seattle WA KeyArena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/23/2014 Greenville SC Bon Secours Wellness 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/23/2014 Portland OR Moda Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/26/2014 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/26/2014 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2014 Wilkes-Barre PA Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/28/2014 San Diego CA Viejas Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/29/2014 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
11/29/2014 Ontario CA Citizens Business Bank Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
11/30/2014 Albany NY Times Union Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
11/30/2014 Phoenix AZ Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/1/2014 Las Cruces NM Pan American Center 7:30 PM
12/3/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 7:30 PM
12/4/2014 State College PA Bryce Jordan Center 7:30 PM
12/4/2014 Tulsa OK BOK Center 7:30 PM
12/5/2014 Fort Wayne IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 8:00 PM
12/5/2014 Wichita KS INTRUST Bank Arena 8:00 PM
12/6/2014 Dayton OH Nutter Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/6/2014 Little Rock AR North Little Rock Verizon Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/7/2014 Grand Rapids MI Van Andel Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/7/2014 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/10/2014 Knoxville TN Thompson-Boling Arena 7:30 PM
12/10/2014 Atlanta GA Gwinnett Center 7:30 PM
12/11/2014 Lexington KY Rupp Arena 7:30 PM
12/11/2014 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30 PM
12/12/2014 Cincinnati OH US Bank Arena 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/12/2014 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/13/2014 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/13/2014 Tampa FL Tampa Bay Times Forum 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/14/2014 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
12/14/2014 Orlando FL Amway Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/17/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 7:30 PM
12/17/2014 New Orleans LA New Orleans Arena 7:30 PM
12/18/2014 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 8:00 PM
12/18/2014 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 7:30 PM
12/19/2014 Providence RI Dunkin' Donuts Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/19/2014 Houston TX Toyota Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/20/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/20/2014 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/21/2014 Newark NJ Prudential Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/21/2014 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/23/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/23/2014 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 4:00 PM & 8:15 PM
12/26/2014 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/26/2014 St Louis MO Scottrade Center 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2014 Detroit MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/27/2014 Chicago IL Allstate Arena 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/28/2014 Columbus OH Nationwide Arena 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
12/29/2014 Milwaukee WI BMO Harris Bradley Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2014 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
12/30/2014 St Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
1/2/2015 Youngstown OH Covelli Centre 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
1/2/2015 Green Bay WI Resch Center 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
1/3/2015 Reading PA Santander Arena 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
1/3/2015 Madison WI Alliant Energy Center 3:00 PM & 8:00 PM
1/4/2015 Hartford CT XL Center 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
1/4/2015 TBD

“RiffTrax Live: Anaconda” to Put the Squeeze on Funny Bones in Cinemas Nationwide this Fall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Friday, 15 August 2014 14:14
With “RiffTrax Live: Godzilla” stomping through theaters tonight on Aug. 14 and Tues., Aug. 19 (7:30pm local time), Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN are excited to announce the crew will be back in fall with “one of the greatest giant snake movies of the ‘90s” – “Anaconda.”
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) will jump in to take on that giant boa in “RiffTrax Live: Anaconda,” LIVE from the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC, on Thursday, October 30 at 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT and 7:00pm MT / 8:00 pm PT/HI/AK (tape delay) with a second showing on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm (local time).

“RiffTrax Live: Anaconda” will be presented in more than 650 movie theaters, including the following cinemas in your area.
Local cinemas on Thursday, October 30:
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807
Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and/or Bill Corbett will be available for select telephone, radio and television press interviews. Artwork, photos and other promotional materials can be found at

Organist Karen Black in Recital Sunday, August 24 At Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trinity Lutheran Church   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:29
Trinity Lutheran Church continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the church's Casavant pipe organ with a recital on Sunday, August 24, at 3:00pm.  The featured soloist is Dr. Karen Black, Professor of Organ and Church Music at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

The first portion of Dr. Black's program features works of the Baroque era (the years 1600- 1750).  The second latter half of the program is dedicated to organ works of the 20th and 21st Centuries, including works by Reger, Alain, and Locklair.  Concluding the program is Pamela Decker's Fantasy on "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", a piece which received its world premier by Dr. Black in 2002.

Handcrafted by the Canadian firm of Casavant Frères, Trinity’s organ was dedicated March 17, 1974.  It was the first of its kind in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and remains a premiere instrument for the presentation of music by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.

Dr. Karen E. Black received her Bachelor of Music degree in church music from St. Olaf College.  Her graduate study took place at Indiana University, where she received both a Master of Music degree in organ and church music, and the Doctor of Music degree in organ performance and literature from Indiana University.  Her teachers have included Larry Smith, Marilyn Keiser, John Ferguson, Robert Kendall, Dennis Schmidt, and Gene Janssen.

She is an active recitalist and clinician, performing regularly throughout the United States.  In Germany, she has presented recitals at the Castle Church in Wittenburg and at St. George’s Church in Eisenach. Both churches played a role in the life of Martin Luther;  in addition, the Georgenkirche in Eisenach is the baptismal parish of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dr. Black has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s nationally broadcast Pipedreams program.

The 3:00pm concert is free.  The public is cordially invited to attend.  A reception honoring the artist follows the program.  Trinity Lutheran Church is at the corner of 14th Street and 14th Avenue in Moline.  Visit


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